Closing Plenary – Fall Education Conference – October 22, 2021

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5:00pm – 6:00pm

The Alchemy of Joy – Cultivating Meaning and Peace Amidst Challenge 

Meeting ourselves with kindness and compassion — even amidst the real challenges of our lives — is the most basic tenet of mindfulness and meditation. When we are able to bear the storm and to cultivate acceptance, presence and a tenderness to our own suffering, so we are able to re-connect to ourselves and others, and to recognize, again, our strength, gratitude, and resilience. It is within this crucible of awareness and connection where our joy emerges. Using formal  presentation, guided meditation, poetry and brief practices, Dr. Sherman will explore self compassion as a foundation towards nurturing joy and meaning.

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Dr. Mark Sherman


Mark is a Family Physician and Clinical Instructor with UBC with a special interest in mental health and psychophysiological disorders. He is the current Executive Director and a founder of the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM), as well as Living This Moment. Mark has formal postgraduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Medical Acupuncture and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Mark has been facilitating Mindfulness Based Stress Management workshops and courses to patients, physicians, health care professionals, educators, and community groups for over 15 years throughout BC and Canada, and is currently working on his first book on Mindfulness in Medicine. Mark believes that mindfulness and meditation offer powerful tools in healing our minds and bodies and are necessary human skills in fully living our potential.